Analysis of 3D structures – a brain case example

BlenderConference_2013The 11th Blender conference in Amsterdam again offered various intriguing presentations on using Blender in scientific visualization (click on the image to see a full list of presentations and the corresponding live streams).

For this post I’ve picked one by Graham Knott, who is a researcher and head of the Biological Electron Microscopy Facility at the EPFL in Lausanne. He investigates the fine structure of the neurons in the human brain using electron microscopy and advanced image analysis algorithms to arrive at detailed 3D models of brain tissue components at the micron scale. For further analysis and visualization of these components they turn to Blender.

Environmental scientists do not exactly focus on brain research. However, it is not difficult to conceive how similar techniques could be used for substrate analyses and visualization in the environmental sciences.